Ajaya by Anand Neelakantan

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However, except for Orubhanga, a play in classical Sanskrit by Bhasa, dealing with Duryodhana’s last moments, and Gadayudha, by the medieval Kannada poet Ranna, no authors have been sympathetic to the Crown Prince of Hastinapura. Ajaya is an attempt to view the Mahabharata from the side that lost the war. One of the meanings of Duryodhana is ‘one who is difficult to conquer’, in other words, Ajaya (Unconquerable). Though named Suyodhana, the Pandavas used the derogatory ‘Dur’ to slander him as ‘one who does not know how to wield power or arms’.

Is this how the King runs his kingdom? What can one expect of a blind man? ” The Brahmin turned to the eldest Pandava. ” The Pandavas appeared embarrassed and did not know what to say. The boys looked at each other. “I can break his head,” volunteered Bhima, still smarting from the fall he had taken at the hands of the Nishada urchin half his size. ” The colour drained from Bhima’s face. Turning to Yudhishtra the Brahmin said, “You are going to be the next King. You say how we should deal with this rascal.

None of these savants ever asked me what my caste was. I have travelled from the Himalayas to the holy city where the three oceans meet, and no scholar asked me which language or dialect I spoke at home. They came from all classes and creeds, and differed in their thoughts, yet they all spoke the universal language of love towards humankind. They lived far from the cities and shunned worldly comforts for the serenity of the forests. They neither clung to power nor claimed supremacy by accident of birth.

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